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The Smithsonian Libraries is the most comprehensive museum library system in the world, supporting the vital research of the Institution as well as the work of scientists and scholars around the world. Consisting of 21 branch libraries in Washington, D.C., Panama and New York, our collections are as diverse as the patrons we serve. Our Smithsonian online collection focuses on Smithsonian publications, art and design, history and culture, and the history of technology. Our natural history titles can be found on the Internet Archive in the Biodiversity Heritage Library collection.

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1275 Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th century; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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On vellum with initials rubricated in red and blue; page one of text has two illuminated initial letters and marginal decorations with figures
Topics: Science, Medieval, Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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1300 Averroës, 1126-1198; Aristotle. Physics; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Bound in folio sheet of music (1075-1125?)
Topic: Physics
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1400 Boethius, -524; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Provenance: Bern Dibner (donor)
Topics: Early works to 1900, Arithmetic
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Provenance: Bern Dibner (donor)
Topics: Medicine, Medieval, Science, Medicine, Ancient
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1481 Rolevinck, Werner, 1425-1502; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Caption title from incipit (leaf [1] recto, 2nd group)
Topics: World history, Illustrated books, Incunabula
Title from incipit (leaf [2] recto); place of publication and printer's statement from Goff
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Science, Medieval, Cosmology, Medieval, Incunabula
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1482 Euclid; Adelard, of Bath, approximately 1090-approximately 1160; Campanus, Johannes; Adams, Katharine, 1862-1952, binder. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Translated from Arabic by Adelardus, of Bath, edited by Giovanni Campano. While books I-XIII are genuine (Cf. Th. Heath. The thirteen books of Euclid's Elements. 1956, v. 3, p. 519), book XIV is a work of the 2d cent. by Hypsicles and book XV, the work of a Roman land-surveyor of the 6th cent
Topics: Mathematics, Greek, Geometry, Incunabula
Biodiversity Heritage Library
1483 Theophrastus; Theophrastus. De causis plantarum. Latin; Gazēs, Theodōros, ca. 1400-ca. 1475; Merula, Giorgio, d. 1494; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: per Theodorum Gazam in Latinum ex Craeco [i.e. Graeco] sermone versus. [Theophrasti De causis planta[rum] liber I[-VI]]
Topic: Botany
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1486 Lucretius Carus, Titus; Fridenperger, Paulus, printer; Liechtenstein, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title from incipit of leaf a2
Topics: Philosophy, Ancient, Didactic poetry, Latin, Physics, Illumination of books and manuscripts
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1494 Pacioli, Luca, approximately 1445-1517; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title from incipit
Topics: Mathematics, Arithmetic, Geometry, Ratio and proportion, Incunabula
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1495 Aristotle; Manuzio, Aldo, 1449 or 1450-1515; Forteguerri, Scipione, 1466-1515; Bondinus, Alexander, active 15th century; Galen; Pseudo-Galenus; Philo, of Alexandria; Theophrastus; Porphyry, approximately 234-approximately 305; Alexander, of Aphrodisias; Aristotle. Organon; Amboise, Jacques-Marius d', 1538-1611, former owner. DSI; Chiesa della missione (Mondovì, Italy), former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: Skipiōnos Karteromachou ... Aldou Manoukiou Basianeos eis philous
Topics: Philosophy, Ancient, Logic, Science, Incunabula
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1495 Ketham, Joannes de, active 15th century; Mondino del Luzzi, d. 1326; Morsiano, Pietro Andrea, fl. 1400; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Johannes de Ketham can convincingly be identified as Hans von Kircheim of Swabia, fl. 1455-1470, professor of medicine in Vienna, who used this collection for his lectures and recommended it to his pupils. This collection of texts was in circulation by 1400. See K. Sudhoff, The Fasciculus Medicinae of Johannes de Ketham, Alemanus. Milan, 1924
Topics: Human anatomy, Human anatomy, Urine, Urine, Incunabula
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1496 Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; Ptolemy, 2nd cent. Almagest; Abiosi, Giovanni, 15th cent; Peurbach, Georg von, 1423-1461; Grossch, Caspar, 15th cent; Roemer, Stephanus, 15th cent; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Woodcut title (leaf a1 recto)
Topics: Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476, Astronomy, Mathematics, Greek
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1497 Duns Scotus, John, approximately 1266-1308; O'Fihely, Maurice, Archbishop of Tuam, 1463?-1513; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Uniform title from Goff; imprint from colophon
Topics: Aristotle, Incunabula
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1497 Prüss, Johann, 1449-1510; Bright, James Franck, 1832-1920, former owner. DSI; Lyell, James Patrick Ronaldson, b. 1871, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Imprint from Goff
Topics: Materia medica, Medicine, Medieval, Botany, Medical, Botany, Minerals in pharmacology
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1500 Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280. Delle virtu dele herbe ..; Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280. Di molte maraviliose cose ..; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: dinove con diligeenza [sic] ristampato e corretto
Topic: Medicine, Medieval
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1502 ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz Ibn ʻUthmān, -967; Alten, Bartholomäus, fl. 1485-1491; Johannes de Saxonia, fl. 1323-1355; Joannes, Hispalensis, 12th cent; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Incipit ( . a1b): Libellus isagogious abdilazi ... Qui dicitur Alchabitius ad magisteriu[m] iudicioru[m] astrorum interpretatus a Ioanne Hispalensi scriptumque in eundem a Ioanne Saxonie editum vtili serie connexum incipiunt
Topic: Astrology, Arab
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1504 Peckham, John, d. 1292; Gaurico, Luca, 1476-1558; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Edited by L. Gaurico. cf. verso of t.p
Topic: Optics
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1509 Fregoso, Battista, Doge of Genoa, 1453-1504
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Signatures: A⁶, a-x⁸, y⁶, z⁸, aa-ff⁸, gg-kk⁶ ̇⁸, ll-mm⁶, nn-rr⁸, ss⁶, tt⁸, uu⁶
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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1524 Apian, Peter, 1495-1552; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Signatures: A-N⁴
Topic: Cosmography
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1532 Holbein, Hans, the younger, 1497-1543, engraver; Huttich, Johann, 1480?-1544; Grynäus, Simon, 1493-1541; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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L. C. copy imperfect: prelim. leaves 37-48 wanting. Map in state designated as "B" in Harrisse. Bibliotheca Amer. vetustissima, no. 171
Topic: Voyages and travels
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1533 Latini, Brunetto, 1220-1295; Giamboni, Bono, fl. 1264; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Device of printer on last leaf
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Printer's device below title
Translation of: Unterweisung der Messung
Topics: Measurement, Lettering, Alphabet, Geometrical drawing, Perspective
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1537 Tartaglia, Niccolò, -1557; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Illustrated t.p
Topics: Mechanics, Ballistics, Early works to 1800
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1540 Rhäticus, Georg Joachim, 1514-1576; Schöner, Johann, 1477-1547; Zell, Heinrich, d. 1564; Rhode, Franz, fl. 1528-1559, publisher; Schöner, Johann, 1477-1547, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Caption on leaf [2]: Clarissimo viro D. Ioanni Schonero, vt parenti suo colendo, G. Ioachimus Rheticus, S.D
Topics: Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543, Astronomy
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First edition
Topics: Mineral industries, Metallurgy, Metal-work, Fireworks
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1541 Ptolemy, active 2nd century; Servetus, Michael, 1511?-1553; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Colophon: Viennæ : Excudebat Gaspar Trechsel, 1541
Topics: Geography, Ancient, Early maps, Geography
509 full page woodcuts (included in pagination); portraits of author (title page verso) and illustrators (penultimate leaf recto)
Topics: Botany, Botany, Medical, Plants, Early works to 1800
Published also under title: Astronomia instaurata, libris sex comprehensa, qui De revolutionibus orbium coelestium inscribuntur. Nunc ... restituta ... studio d. Nicolai Mulerii
Topic: Astronomy
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1544 Nicetas, physician; Hippocrates; Galen; Oribasius; Guidi, Guido, ca. 1500-1569; Primaticcio, Francesco, 1504-1570, ill; Santorinos, Jean, ill; Jollat, engraver; Gaultier, Pierre, printer; Uytterhoeven, Andrâe, former owner. DSI; Schavye, J., binder. DSI
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Translation, by Guido Guidi [i.e. Vidus Vidius], of original Greek ms. written by Nicetas, a Byzantine physician, perhaps at the request of the Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus (905-959). This ms. contained the most complete collection, up to that time, of Galen's commentaries on the surgical works of Hippocrates. Guidi added his own commentaries upon those parts of Hippocrates' work not covered by Galen. Cf. Brown; Mortimer; Osler
Topics: Surgery, Medicine, Ancient
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1544 Euclid; Fine, Oronce, 1494-1555; Zamberti, Bartolommeo; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title within decorative border
Topic: Geometry
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Algebra
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1547 Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472; Domenichi, Lodovico, 1515-1564; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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First edition in Italian. Completed in 1435, this work was either originally written in Italian or translated by Alberti into Italian soon after its completion in Latin. cf Fowler cat. no. 15
Topics: Perspective, Painting
Ruled in red
Topic: Colors
Biodiversity Heritage Library
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Signatures: a⁶ b-c⁴
Topics: Pre-Linnean works, Zoology
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1556 Delfino, Domenico, 16th cent; Croce, Nicolò, fl. 1556; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Dedication signed by editor: Nicolò Croce
Topics: Natural theology, Science
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1558 Pierre, de Maricourt, 13th cent; Gasser, Achilles Pirmin, 1505-1577; Ulhart, Philipp, d. 1567 or 8, printer; Burndy Library, donor. DSI; Sangorski & Sutcliffe, binder. DSI
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The first printed edition of Pierre's text on the magnet, popularly known as Epistola de magnete
Topics: Magnetism, Perpetual motion, Compass, Astronomical instruments
First published in 1546
Topics: Geology, Paleontology, Mineralogy
"Accedunt et indices secundum diuersas linguas in fine libris."
Topics: Zoology, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians
Title within ornamental border
Topic: Sundials
Date 1562 from dedication: leaf [2] recto
Topics: Perpetual calendars, Church calendar, Calendar
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1563 Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560; Reitsperger, Martinus, former owner. DSI; Esztergomi Főszékesegyházi Könyvtár, former owner. DSI
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Publisher's name taken from the colophon
Topics: Physics, Science
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1565 Gessner, Conrad, 1516-1565; Gessner, Conrad, 1516-1565. De omni rerum fossilium genere, gemmis, lapidibus, metallis, et huiusmodi, libri aliquot; Constable, William, former owner. DSI; Bayer, Frederick M., former owner. DSI
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Leaves are printed on both sides
Topics: Mineralogy, Precious stones
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1565 Vimercato, Giovanni Battista, 16th cent; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Signatures: A⁴ A-N⁴ O² Q-Y⁴
Topics: Sundials, Astronomical instruments
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1566 Apollonius, of Perga; Eutocius, of Ascalon; Pappus, of Alexandria; Commandino, Federico, 1509-1575; Serenus, Antinoensis; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Separate t.p. and paging for Sereni Antisensis philosophi libri duo
Topics: Mathematics, Greek, Conic sections, Mathematics
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1573 Euclid; Heliodorus, of Larissa. Capita opticorum; Danti, Ignazio, 1537-1586; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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First Italian trans. of Euclid's Optica and the spurious Catoptrica. Includes Italian trans. of the Capita Opticorum of Heliodorus of Larissa, followed by the Greek original and its Latin translation in parallel columns
Topic: Optics
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1573 Baldi, Bernardino, 1553-1617; Aratus, Solensis; Leontius Mechanicus; Dibner, Bern, donor
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Bound in 13th century vellum leaf with Latin text
Topic: Astronomy
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1578 Besson, Jacques, Dauphinois; Béroalde de Verville, b. 1556; Androuet du Cerceau, Jacques, fl. 1549-1584, engraver; Boyvin, René, ca. 1525-ca. 1598, engraver; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Spine title: Bessoni Theatrum machinarum
Topics: Mechanical engineering, Machinery
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1578 Besson, Jacques, (Mathematician); Béroalde de Verville, 1556-; Androuet du Cerceau, Jacques, active 1549-1584, illustrator; Boyvin, René, approximately 1525-approximately 1598, illustrator; Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984, former owner. DSI
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Translation of: Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum
Topics: Mechanical engineering, Machinery
Signatures: a-b⁴ A-Y⁴ Z²
Topics: Weapons, Armor, Military art and science
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Imperfect copy: lacks p. 161-2 (replaced with p. 179-[180]), p. 173-4, and p. 177-8
Topics: Philosophy, Renaissance, Science
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1581 Benedetti, Giovanni Battista, 1530-1590; Trotti, Bernardo, d. 1595; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Errata: [1] p
Topics: Ephemerides, Astronomy
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1583 Cesalpino, Andrea, 1524 or 5-1603; Marescotti, Giorgio, fl. 1563-1601, printer; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title page vignette (printer's device), with motto: Et vult et potest
Topics: Botany, Plants
A reissue of the 1579 ed. printed at Paris by J. Mettayer; in Dibner copy, only the t.p. to Universalium inspectionum ad canonem mathematicum and the final folding plate retain the Paris imprint
Topics: Mathematics, Trigonometry
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1590 Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Provenance: Bern Dibner (donor)
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1590 Straet, Jan van der, 1523-1605, illustrator; Galle, Philippe, 1537-1612, engraver; Collaert, Jan, 1566-1628, engraver; Mallery, Karel van, 1571-approximately 1635, printer of plates
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Engraved title leaf and 19 numbered prints illustrating new inventions and discoveries
Topics: Engraving, Engraving, Belgian, Inventions, Discovery and exploration
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1590 Fontana, Domenico, 1543-1607; Bonifacio, Natale, 1538-1592; Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Added engraved t.p. with imprint date 1589: Del modo tenuto nel trasportare l'obelisco vaticano e delle fabriche fatte da Nostro Signore Sisto V. Libro P. Natalis Bonifacius ... incidebat
Topics: Obelisks, Sixtus V, Pope, 1520-1590
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1591 Euclid; Auria, Josephus; Maurolico, Francesco, 1494-1575; Dibner, Bern, donor. DSI
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Signatures: pi⁴ *-2*⁴ A-M⁴ N²
Topics: Astronomy, Sphere, Early works to 1800
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Another issue of the same year without the subtitle with "ex abditis ... hausta"
Topics: Numerology, Symbolism of numbers, Mathematics, History, History
First edition: Napoli, C. Cacchi, 1573; 2 ed. Venetia, appresso Iacomo Vidali, ad instantia di Aniello San Vito, 1576; the present edition is a mere reprint of the 3d edition. Venetia, Presso il Muschio, ad instanza di Aniello San Vito di Napoli, 1582
Topic: Geography
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1596 Norman, Robert, fl. 1590; Borough, William, 1536-1599; Allde, Edward, d. 1627, printer; Astley, Hugh, d. 1609?, publisher; Thompson, Silvanus P. (Silvanus Phillips), 1851-1916, former owner. DSI; Morrell, binder. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title within a decorative border, with a woodcut vignette of a ship
Topics: Geomagnetism, Magnetic declination, Scientific apparatus and instruments
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1596 Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601; Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse, 1532-1592; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Book 1, containing the astronomical correspondence between T. Brahe and Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse
Topic: Astronomy
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1599 Aristotle; Monantheuil, Henri de, 1536?-1606; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title in red and black
Topics: Mechanics, Physics
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1600 880-05 Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
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Manuscript. Creator not indicated
Topics: Tea containers, Japanese tea ceremony, Utensils, Pottery, Japanese
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Manuscript